The Austrian poet and author Ernst Jandl, who died in 2000 from heart failure, was a master of experimental poetry and was honoured with various awards, such as, the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria. This new album from the NCA label, has been released in honour of this great artist, it is divided into two thematic Priorities: The first part ("Requiem for Ernst Jandl") Consists of words dedicated to Ernst Jandl by his friend Mayröcker, who lived together with him from 1954 to his death in 2000.These words are accompanied by compositions from the Austrian composer Martin Haselboeck. His compositions are interpreted by the orchestra Wiener Akademie. Mayröcker words are recited by Chris Pichler, who was nominated as "Best Actress" from the Austrian television channel ORF in 2009.
The second part "World Customs" is a "literary-musical action", consisting of selected words from Ernst Jandl and compositions for the organ, played by Martin Haselboeck himself. These words deal with religious matters as well as with key existential questions - recurring motives for Jandl. Jandl’s words are recited by the acclaimed actor Martin Schwab, who was the main character in various debut performances: such as "Totenauberg" by Elfriede Jelinek, "Appearance and Reality" by André
Heller or "Zurüstungen for immortality" by Peter Handke.